Among the actions taken by the Board:
• Unanimously approved round two of SR-710 North Corridor Mobility Improvement Projects, which would see the development and implementation of additional corridor mobility improvement projects (MIPs) on local arterials and local freeway interchanges in the SGV area. There was extensive public comment on this item, and Directors Mike Bonin and Robert Garcia expressed concerns about whether the projects follow the Complete Streets policy.
• Received and filed the Understanding How Women Travel report. The next step is to develop a Gender Action Plan, which would ensure the agency’s policy, programs and activities include a gender perspective and promote the considerations of gender issues at all levels.
• Received an update on the Expo Line — an additional train has been added during ‘peak of peak’ hours, and Metro CEO Phil Washington stated his intention to work with cities to implement “complete signal preemption,” which would speed up the Expo Line’s travel times in street-level portions of the line. The Expo Line currently stops at 30 signals. Director Mike Bonin said he would introduce a motion next week at City Council about signal preemption.
• Awarded contracts to begin congestion pricing feasibility study. WSP USA, Inc. was awarded a $3+ million contract for the study’s technical services, and Guidehouse LLP was awarded a $1.9 million contract to help engage the public throughout the study. As part of the feasibility study, Metro will add experts in road usage charging, mobility pricing and equity to its existing Policy Advisory Committee. The study will also include the specific upgrades to public transit and first/last mile solutions that will be necessary to accompany any proposed pricing concept.
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